Tiura arrived in Canada in 1952 from Finland, graduating with Honours from the Ontario College of Art in 1968, receiving his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Guanajuato, Mexico. He has taught art at all levels, lastly as Associate Professor, (founding Director of the Visual Arts Programme) at Lakehead University.
As a senior internationally exhibited Canadian artist, he has had over 75 one man and group exhibitions in Mexico, the United States, France, Italy, Switzerland, and numerous exhibitions in Canada. He has been a member of the SSC since 1975. Tiura lives and works at his studio in Toronto.
My current series of works in Plexiglass express structurally the intriguing myriad combinations of the natural and geometric worlds, demonstrating the ebb and flow of all life including water, sounds, air and even our breath, intermingling, surging, touching, thrown together, then quickly parting. Differing worlds coming together in an excellent balance, a mingling of colours and textures of both the natural world, flowers, songbirds singing and flying, skies, the surrounding water, as well, the geometrical world of the mechanized designs of the world around us. It is for me, the symphony of life.